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How To Prepare For A Road Trip With Kids

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Summer is upon us, which means it is time to get ready for the road trip fun. But with little kids to take along for the journey it can become a nightmare trying to make sure everyone is happy in the car. Road trips don’t need to be this way. Getting to your destination is easier than ever thanks to all the ideas on the World Wide Web. Let’s get started

Plan Ahead

Starting early to think of things that are best suited for your child will make all the difference when getting ready for a road trip. Think about how you want to organize and pack clothing. What about having an emergency preparedness kit?

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What activities will you have for your little ones to do? How to save space in your vehicle? How to plan stopping points for the trip by looking on maps to see where local parks are to let kids take a breather are all things to consider. Having these elements together will make your stress level decrease and make for a smoother trip because you have prepared ahead of time. Also remember to plan for the unexpected.

Packing Clothing

I have seen it all, families who use garbage bags to transport their clothing in a big wadded up mess. Those who use a carry-on with each outfit rolled up into one bundle. Or transporting each child’s outfit into Ziploc baggies with the day, symbol of a sun or moon drawn on to let the child or spouse know when they are to wear that outfit.

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I say do whatever is best for your family. While the Ziploc baggies are great for younger children, it may not go over very well for an older child. When packing clothing make sure to pack some trash bags for dirty clothing or in case in rains, they can be used for a makeshift poncho or garment bag if trying to keep certain outfits nice and pristine.

Emergency Kits

Having a roadside kit really comes in handy and can help out when things go wrong. But before you go out for the long haul make sure to have a tune up and fix any conditions you know about on your vehicle. That way you have a greater chance of not being stranded in the middle of nowhere. Besides having your roadside and medical safety kit, make sure to pack mini emergency kits.

  • Baby Kit complete with a onesie, diaper, travel package of wipes, baggies for soiled clothing, tube of diaper cream.
  • Travel Games Having lots of activities for kids is great, but sometimes you have run out of ideas and need to figure out something on the fly when you are tempted to use duct tape and lollipops to keep the noise level down. Include: brain quest, Question game. Print up journal jar questions to read and have everyone answer. Have a couple of card games ready to go.
  • Outdoor Kit Having bug spray, tweezers, sunscreen, baby powder, hand sanitizer, folded up trash bags, and hand wipes. Will get you by in a pinch.
  • Restaurant Kit eating out with little ones can be an adventure when you’re traveling and kids are tired and cranky. Have some activities ready to go when you’re about to head into a restaurant with these simple ideas. Crayons and mini activity book if crayons are not provided. Lego figurines, mini cars, have fruit snacks or cheerios in hand if the wait will be longer than expected. Little puzzles or magnetic figurines can help as well.

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Having these kits on hand will help you not need to dig all over looking for these items that you tend to use and need in a quick hurry. Keep them all in a backpack or shoe container to save on space. But also within easy reach and not packed with the rest of the items.

Travel Activities

Having things for the kids to do while on vacation can become overwhelming and chaotic. You could pack lots of unnecessary space for tons of toys coloring books etc. The best way to manage all the chaos is by deciding how much space you can realistically have. Think about how to get many activities in one. Cookie Sheets are truly the best answer. Find a mini chalkboard and dry ease board that will fit inside the cookie sheet and put magnets on the back for a make shift chalkboard magnet board and dry ease board. Then plan activities according to age using magnets on the back to keep everything together.

  • Puzzles
  • Tangelos
  • Cars use duct tape for a roadway
  • Plastic dinosaurs for a Jurassic play set
  • Silly faces
  • Alphabet letters or magnetic words to make silly sentences
  • Make board games by using magnets as playing pieces and copying the board on your computer to fit your cookie sheet.
  • Coloring pages with twistable crayons, colored pencils.
  • Lego figurines
  • Polly pocket or littlest pet shop play set
  • Look in your party supply section at the store for other great ideas.

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The possibilities are endless and magnets will be your friend. And save you lots of space for other important items.

Playing Tetris When Packing The Car

Getting ready to head out and pack up can be stressful and time consuming if things are not done ahead of time. Try having all your gear ready to go the night before, or even start packing things up the night before. Designate a spot for each bag. Have all clothing in one spot. Have toiletries and makeup all together. Have food and coolers together. It will make things easier to get to when it is set up this way.

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Also, think about the size of containers or bags you need and if you really need to take certain items.

Most importantly expect the unexpected. You never know what will happen on a family road trip, and that is what makes the journey and memories so much sweeter. Remember to enjoy each other and reconnect.

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Best Tips To Improve Traveling With Children

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Help is here. Traveling with children can be tricky. We are here to help you with tips and tricks to make your holiday season easier to manage. Just remember these key words. Stay calm and carry-on.

Do What Is Best For Your Family

You know your children better than anyone else. Some people will tell you to travel at night, because your kids are sound asleep. It makes driving at night easier as each driver takes a shift. This helps the other drivers sleep. Or reverse this situation with flying, it becomes magical because kids are sleeping or are easier to entertain, while you can get some shut eye. Sounds Amazing!

This scenario may not work for your family. You may stay up all night worried one of you may crash the car. Your child may decide they are not tired at three in the morning and have a meltdown. Whether you are driving or flying, they don’t call those flights red eye for nothing.

When flying or driving, consider your departure and arrival times. Think about the number of stops you will need to take, the length of each place before getting to your next destination. Think about food and snacks ahead of time. When flying request a child’s meal before your flight. These are things that will help you determine what is best for your family.

What To Pack?

Learn to simplify when packing. You learn to be selective in what you use. Cramming lots of stuff will make your life harder as you are carrying a lot of extra weight, and you have that much more to keep track of.

  • Try packing a “just in case” bag that has: an extra outfit, swimsuit, underwear. In case your luggage goes missing or your little one has an accident and needs that change of clothing. Have these things in a Ziploc bag to put soiled or wet items in. Also to find what you need in a hurry.
  • Pack a parent bag. These are things to keep close at hand for you and your kids. These are things you may want to keep separate from the kids bag.
    • Lots of snacks!!! Pack special snacks on top of the usual ones to make it more exciting.
    • Have an empty water bottle or sippy cup available to help fill up when the time arrives. Then, you don’t have messy soda cans or soft drinks all over the floor. These also make a quick snack cup in hurry.
    • Baby wipes of all shapes and sizes. That’s what it feels like anyways. These are a must! I would assume it is pretty self explanatory.
    • Extra Ziploc bags! They help keep anything and everything contained. Great for a smelling barrier as well. Use for leftover snack packages. The possibilities are endless.
    • Keep an extra copy of your travel itinerary. This will help you to stay more organized. Also a great resource to have when needed in a hurry to glance at.
    • Chargers for any all electronics. Even if you’re not by any outlets, these can be your saving grace. Also make sure all your electronics are fully charged and ready to go.
    • Extra diapers/pull-ups
  • Pack a Kids bag full of things to help keep your children busy, put these things in a Ziploc baggie. To help with traveling light. You could include:
    • Paper /coloring book
    • Twisty crayons / markers /or mechanical pencils (don’t need to sharpen them)
    • Snacks
    • Travel pillow/sleep mask for all the lights at night
    • A special surprise you got them.

Dress The Part

Just as you would wear certain things when camping or going to the beach, when traveling, you never know what kind of surprises you will be in for. So first things first. Dress yourself with comfortable clothing. This will one of the best things you can do. Avoid things that are restricting or things that don’t breathe well. Your body will thank you when you’re sitting for hours on end. Try and wear layers, that way you can take things off and on easier. And wear comfortable shoes!

Be prepared For Delays

Nobody like detours, road closers, flights being canceled, or delayed. Try and make the best of things. Realize sometimes you can’t control every little detail, even with the best of planning. Just try and stay upbeat and not show signs of stress. Make the best of the situation.

  1. Watch a movie together on your electronic device.
  2. Remember those snacks and activities, now is the time to use them.
  3. Explore whatever is around you, make it fun.
  4. Try going somewhere to sit down and eat.
  5. Play a game together.
  6. Sing songs

Enjoy

Take time to enjoy and soak it all in. Children grow up fast. And the more prepared you are the happier you and your children will be. Besides, children love all the excitement of traveling.

What are some travel tips you would love to share?

Traveling the World by Chocolate

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Chocolate lover: an individual who is slightly, somewhat, totally gripped with an obsession for smooth, mouthwatering chocolate. This fixation is unexplainable and unquenchable. If you are not a chocolate lover yourself don’t even try to understand and don’t try to stop it. You can’t and you won’t. All that you can do is make sure your chocolate infatuated friend gets their craving mollified during your traveling excursions. Luckily there is many a destination throughout the world that has the most crave-satisfying chocolate desserts. Here are just a few places you can expect to stop by if you’re traveling around the world with a chocolate lover.

 

Vienna, Austria

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Austria is home to the Vienna’s Hotel Sacher, which was built in the 1800s and serves some of the most world renowned chocolates. The hotel was opened as a result of the popularity of the chocolate sponge cake invented in Austria. The cake was originally made to impress business prospects and celebrity persons of that era. The Vienna’s Hotel Sacher still stands today so that you can gratify your taste buds with a variety of Austrian-made chocolate desserts

 

Brussels, Belgium

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Hosting more than 20,000 chocolate shops, 16 chocolate museums and 12 chocolate factories, you could consider Belgium the international gathering place of chocoholics. Brussels in particularly is the proud location of 2 of the largest chocolate companies in the world, Leonidas and Godiva. These two businesses can be found next to many other chocolate shops like Pierre Marcolini, Wittamer and Zaabar. All of these neighboring outlets are located at the heart of Brussels in a little square called Grand Sablon.

 

Cologne, Germany

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Cologne is home to the Imhoff Stollwerck museum of chocolate. The museum, which started out as only an exhibit, was created in celebration of the Stollwerck chocolate company’s 150th anniversary. The museum features a giant chocolate fountain, interactive exhibits and a history of chocolate from all over the world. Stollwerck chocolate, though not produced from the museum, is available in many stores from eight various factories found in Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany. You can also enjoy many other chocolate shops in Cologne such as Demnitz Chocolaterie, Weibler Confectionery, La Maison du Chocolate and Mama Chocolate.

 

Tabasco, Mexico

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That word that is almost as delicious to say as it is to eat, “chocolate,” stems from the Mayan name “xocoat” which means cocoa. The Mayan style of chocolate consists of tiny amounts of chilli within the bittersweet cocoa and is a popular favorite throughout the world. With it’s rich chocolate history, some people regard this part of Mexico as the birthplace of chocolate itself. Thus it is another must-see for chocolate lovers.

 

Madrid, Spain

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Known for its high ranking chocolate dipped churros, Madrid is not a city to be looked over. Growing in popularity, this treat is known as “churrerias” or “chocolaterias.” You can purchase these delectables from any street vendor that’s offering it. You can enjoy watching them create this waffle stick from fried dough and then dip it into rich, bittersweet chocolate. If you have not yet tasted it you might want to add it to your bucket list and give it a shot the next chance you get to travel to Spain.

 

Broc, Switzerland

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While searching the globe for world renowned chocolate venues, you must not forget Broc, Switzerland. The quaint village of Broc has been in the chocolate business since 1898 and is home to some of the world’s oldest chocolate makers. You can watch these chocolatiers hard at work inside their shops handling some of the highest quality chocolates in the world. Many of these little shops within Broc even allow you to sample new and exciting flavors of delicious chocolate.

 

New York City, USA

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If you want to hit all of your chocolate explorations in one stop, you might want to check out the streets of New York City. Tours are available specifically for chocolate lovers including the Luxury Chocolate Tour and the New Cuisine Chocolate Tour. These two tours teach you the backgrounds of the many chocolate shops, most of which employ chocolatiers from all around the world. These chocolate makers bring with them recipes from their homelands to provide an incredible variety for your taste buds. There are so many scrumptious places to stop by including Richart Design et Chocolat, Chocolate Bar, Li-Lac, Jacques Torres Chocolate and MarieBelle to name a few.

Rich in taste and history, chocolate is a worldwide wonder that has captured the hearts and the taste buds of many. From coast to coast and from city to city you will never be more impressed with such delicacies than with those created in these chocolatier cities. Whether you taste the chocolate sponge cake of Austria or sample the specialty dipped churros of Spain, you’re sure to wake up in a chocolate paradise with every bite. Who knows, you may even discover your own inner chocolate obsession.